Sleep and Lifestyle - Managing Priorities and Sleep
Many people have lifestyles that challenge their ability to get a good night’s sleep. Maybe you are a student, shift worker, or just have a busy
Learn how sleep works! schedule. You may have to choose between sleep and something else equally important to you. Perhaps a temporary change in your lifestyle, like a second job or a new baby, is requiring you to get up extra early or stay up late night. Whatever your circumstances, remember that sleep is vital to overall health a well-being and lifestyle is a function of choices. By following these tips, you can maintain health, function during the day, and still have time to live your life.
- How much sleep do we really need? Experts will tell you there is no “magic number.” Try to figure out how much sleep you need to function.
- Keep a sleep schedule! This will allow you to maintain regular sleep and wake times.
- Take a nap. Although it doesn’t make up for sleep loss, napping for 20 – 30 minutes can help i
mprove mood, alertness, and performance.
- Monitor food consumption. Different foods can negatively impact your sleep while others can actually promote sleep.
- Caffeine and alcohol consumption too close to bedtime may make it difficult to sleep.
- If you think you may have a sleep problem, don’t ignore the warning signs. Talk to your doctor or find a sleep professional.